THE majority of shopkeepers in Mexborough are against plans for a new megastore in the town and fear it will cause job losses, new figures reveal.
Small business owners have launched a campaign to fight plans for a multi-million pound supermarket, which they claim will drain trade away from the market hall and High Street.
Members of the ‘Save the High Street’ campaign group have now completed a survey of businesses in the town centre. Of 92 business owners who responded, 69 said they felt the new store would have a negative effect on the town.
A total of 53 respondents believed the development would result in job losses in their businesses. None felt it would create jobs for them.
Business owners estimated the supermarket scheme would result in 114 people losing their jobs in town centre shops. Campaigner Bill Lawrence, said: “This is real evidence which shows the majority of business owners in the town don’t want to see the supermarket built”. Kier Property has submitted a planning application for the £10 million store, to be built on the site of the former United Carpets building. The company said the development will create upto 250 jobs, and will keep people in the town who currently go shopping elsewhere. Director Tom Gilman said: “We conducted an independent household telephone shopping survey as part of our application which found that around 70 per cent of Mexborough households currently travel out of the area for their main food shopping. “Through our new store we will be able to encourage some of these people back to the town to use other local businesses in the same trip, a real boost to the town centre and market.”